Teacher arrested

Deidre Smith, a 34-year-old Sulphur resident and teacher at Lake Charles Charter Academy, was arrested for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with her 10-year-old student dating back to 2018.

A Sulphur woman who was a teacher at Lake Charles Charter Academy was taken into custody by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a 10-year-old boy.

On April 30 the CPSO received a complaint from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy regarding a teacher, Deidre R. Smith, 34, of Sulphur, possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10-year-old students. 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018. It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim.

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile. She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

The case is still under investigation and more charges are likely. CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.